In collaboration with the campus and surrounding communities, the Latin American Studies Program supports concerts, theme dinners, film screenings, symposia, service-learning projects, debates and teach-ins organized by various student organizations, faculty, campus divisions, and neighborhood associations. Every semester speakers who are experts in a field related to the courses being offered or who are directly involved with social, political, academic or cultural activities in Latin America are invited to campus. Our students are offered numerous opportunities to engage with Latino or Latin American communities in many other ways as well.
Adolescents in the Americas: Negotiating Identities, Shaping Contexts in an Interconnected World
– 4:00 PM
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
Friday, October 4th
9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Friday, "Youth Refiguring Gender and Sexuality: Institutional Contexts, Interpersonal Dynamics"
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Friday, "Political Engagement and Social Activism among Youth: Opportunities and Possibilities, Present and Future"
This two-day symposium examines the myriad ways in which the activities and voices of youth impact contemporary politics, public culture, and social and interpersonal relationships. Participants include leading scholars in Africana studies, anthropology, education, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, Latin American and Latino studies, and sociology who conduct research in the United States, Canada and Latin America. For more information and the complete schedule of events, go to: bowdoin.edu/socanthro/symposia/adolescents-in-the-americas-2013/
SPONSORED BY the Office of the Dean for Academic Affairs, the Departments of Education and Sociology and Anthropology, and by the Latin American Studies Program.
– 9:30 PM
Searles Science Building, Room 315
Professor Steven Topik (History, University of California, Irvine) will be delivering the lecture "Coffee Colonialism: From the Spice Trade to European Colonies to Latin American National Export Crop"
Coffee, along with sugar, has long been considered one of the primary crops of European colonialism. Prof. Topik, one of the foremost authorities on the global history of the coffee market, will argue that European purveyors were “Johnny-come-latelies” and that New World colonies were much more than simply slaves of their colonial masters. In fact, they played an important role in shaping the international market for this commodity. Topik’s lecture will trace the evolution of the coffee market and trace our love affair with a beverage that has become such a mainstay in our lives.
Wednesday, October 30
This lecture is sponsored by the Latin American Studies Program, with support from the History and Africana Studies Departments.
Moulton Union, Lancaster Lounge
LASO: The Latin American Student Organization at Bowdoin
LAS and LASO collaborate in numerous programs and events to promote understanding of Latin American and Latino cultures on campus and beyond. Among their shared yearly projects are the planning and implementation of the Hispanic Heritage Month on campus and the presence of Bowdoin students in El Centro Latino de Maine.
Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good
Coordinates service trips that Bowdoin students organize to get to know and support community projects, including several in Latin America and with Latino populations in the United States. The McKeen Center also advises our faculty to integrate public engagement in their research and pedagogical practice. In addition, the Latin American Studies Program and the McKeen Center often work together in the organization of public lectures, workshops, and service initiatives.
The Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Association
Fosters a spirit of friendship and cooperation with citizens of Trinidad, Cuba and the Brunswick area. LAS faculty and students are actively involved with BTSA. One of its highlights is "Cuba Week," a celebration of Cuban culture through arts, food, and scholarship every year in April.